Rosewill B2 Spirit HPTX Full-Tower Chassis Review

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Introduction


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Rosewill is one of the most popular chassis manufacturers in the US, offering up an impressive product range that caters to every part of the market. Recently, Rosewill has moved their products across the Atlantic, giving the wider world a taste of their chassis, power supplies and more! With that in mind, we’re very happy to see their flagship product, the B2 Spirit, in the eTeknix office today.

“Rosewill’s flagship case, the B2 SPIRIT delivers an aesthetic touch with a stealthy appearance, although seeing can be deceiving… Underneath its silent strength is a formidable arsenal with serious expansion flexibility. Whether you are building a massive storage monster, a sophisticated cooling system, or a pure performance beast, the Rosewill B2 SPIRIT has got you covered – with style!” – Rosewill

The B2 Spirit, a name derived from the legendary B2 stealth bomber, is not to be taken lightly. Equipped with room for (up to) HPTX motherboard, a colossal amount of storage drives, extensive cooling, it’s an extremely capable chassis for the enthusiast and workstation market.

“Rosewill B2 SPIRIT is compatible with the largest HPTX mainboard. Two sets of HDD cages support up to 13 HDDs and/or SSDs. You can easily install multiple graphics cards (up to 15.75” long) into the chassis. With strong performance comes great cooling exigency. The B2 SPIRIT supports up to seven 140 mm fans. But if that’s not enough, two 280 mm liquid-cooling radiators can be installed on the top and front.” – Rosewill

The only downside of being able to support such a large motherboard and so much more hardware is the size and weight. The B2 spirit is a thundering 39.24 lb (approx 18kg) and has some rather colossal external dimensions too.

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The chassis is huge, no doubt about that part, with a massive matte black side panel and a sizable window that’s perfectly placed to show off the PSU, GPU and CPU cooler hardware.

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Down the right-hand side, another large matte black panel, and just like the left, it’s held in place by a pair of thumbscrews at the rear of the chassis.

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The front panel is coated in a stealthy soft-touch rubber, giving it a hard-wearing matte finish. There are four 5.25″ drive bays at the top, and they should give you some impression of the overall size of the chassis.

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Each bay comes with a clip-in cover to held keep the design nice and uniform.

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The bottom half of the front panel has a magnetic door, opening it up shows a good thick panel that should block a lot of system noise, as well as two smaller doors for the front panel cooling.

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Each “door” opens out allow you to slide out their individual dust filters for quick and easy maintenance.

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While the fans mouse to the same door using quick release clips, meaning you can remove the entire fan housing and clean that easily too! This is very handy, I like this feature a lot as I live in a dust area, so have to clean my fans and filters often.

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Around the back, you’ll see again just how tall this chassis is. At the top, you’ll find four rubber grommets for cable/water routing, a 140mm exhaust fan, 10 ventilated expansion slots and the PSU cut-out.

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The top panel keeps the same matte rubber finish of the front panel, giving it a nice and uniform appearance. But what’s this? The top panel is closed up and theses a little slider on the side?

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That’s right, the B2 Spirit has a deployable roof for the top panel cooling. If you need to fire up your top fans for extra cooling performance, pop the roof open and get extra cooling, if you’re wanting silence, stop the fans and close the top back up again! This is another cool feature, not something we haven’t seen before, but still a welcome addition.

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The front panel has a nice and large power button with the reset button to the right of it. The main I/O panel is hidden under a slide-away cover to keep it free from dust and debris.

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Behind the cover, you’ll find four USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports and HD audio jacks, so you’ll certainly not be left wanting for connectivity here.

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The base of the chassis has four large feet with hard-wearing rubber grips on the bottom. There’s also a 3/4 length dust filter to cater to any bottom ventilation, especially so for the power supply.

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Interior


There’s a colossal amount of space on the interior of the B2 Spirit, more so that I’m ever to likely need myself, and I feel like I could almost climb inside this thing.

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With support for up to HPTX motherboards, you’ll find two good size CPU cooler mounting cut-outs at the back, as well as a huge array of screw holes for fitting motherboard stand-offs to suit your requirements.

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There’s a plethora of cable routing grommets throughout the chassis, with most of them having a second row to cater for smaller and larger motherboard configurations without resulting in trailing cables.

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There are even a two large PSU grommets, handy for those who are using larger enthusiast grade power supplies.

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There are four 5.25″ drive bays in total, each coming with a tool-free locking mechanism for quick and easy installations.

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Need a huge amount of storage for your new workstation build? With a huge bay of 10 tool-free drive trays at the front, as well as an extra bay of three to the left, you’ll have no trouble installing all the 3.5″ drives or 2.5″ drives you’ll require.

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In the back, you’ll find a good quality 140mm exhaust fan, although there are also screw holes for a 120mm fan should you need to swap it out, and there’s ample clearance at the top and bottom of the mount to support most radiator configurations.

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Each of the ten expansion slots comes fitted with a ventilated and reusable cover, thumb screws and even more ventilation to the side of the slots; you’ll have no issues with a multi-GPU configuration here.

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Even the biggest ATX PSUs on the market should fit in here with ease, and there are four firm rubber pegs, as well as a foam back padding to ensure a clean and vibration free fit for your unit of choice.

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In the top, another pair of 140mm fans, each equipped with clear blades and blue LEDs for some added visual flair. The top panel actually has room for three 120/140mm fans or similarly sized radiator configurations.

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There’s plenty of room behind the motherboard for cable routing, so even those with extensive hardware installed shouldn’t have much trouble here.

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All of the grommets are well placed and come with extensive support from cable tie loops around the back of the motherboard, as well as next to the grommets themselves to help keep things as neat and tidy as possible.

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The top panel is held in place with push-peg clips, and can be removed by giving it a quick pull on the back of the chassis. On the underside, you’ll find easy access to the top panel fan mounts, as well as a large cut-out for the front I/O cables to pass-through.

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The front panel pulls off in the same fashion at the top, although with the quick release fan doors at the bottom, it’s unlikely you’ll need to remove this panel often, if at all.

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Complete System


Our system build took about twenty minutes to complete, which is hardly surprisingly given that it’s almost embarrassing how large this chassis is. The components virtually echo around that cavernous interior.

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There’s a huge amount of room in here for airflow and even more so thanks to the comprehensive cable routing options. Even with a 2/3/4 GPU configuration, you’ll have no problems with space.

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Huge tower coolers will prove no issue here and with robust radiator support, water cooling enthusiasts won’t be left wanting for space either.

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There’s good space for our PSU here, but should you want even more room in the base, either for a larger PSU, base mounted cooling or water cooling hardware installation, you can remove the secondary hard drive bays easily enough.

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Worried about cooling after installing a rack of ten hard drives? There’s a secondary dual-fan bracket to the left of the bays, which will help greatly improve airflow over the drives as well as bringing more air to any expansion cards.

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All panels back in place and we can have to admit, this thing looks pretty epic. So long as you’ve got the space for it, it’s certainly going to make an impressive home for an enthusiast gaming/workstation system.

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And the large and clear side panel window is just the right size and shape to show off all your fancy new hardware too.

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Final Thoughts


Pricing

I think we all knew this wasn’t going to be particularly affordable, just in material costs alone it’s not cheap to build a chassis of this size. The Rosewill B2 Spirit clocks in at £179.99, which is a lot of money, but it’s quite competitive for a chassis of this size and specification and still only marks a fraction of the cost of the kind of system build it is designed for.

Overview

The Rosewill B2 Spirit certainly isn’t for everyone, as most people don’t require support for HTPX motherboard, nor do a lot of people need 13 hard drive bays or room for up to four dual-slot graphics cards, but for those that do, the Rosewill is one seriously impressive chassis. The build quality of this case is rock solid, with heavy-duty panels, a hard-wearing rubber coating on the front and top panels and an impressive cooling setup thanks to the five pre-installed fans, and room for a few more should you really need them.

Our Sapphire Tri-X Toxic 270X graphics cards are far from small, but they fit into the B2 with ease and still had plenty of room to spare. Even the biggest enthusiast graphics cards on the market will no problem being installed here and that’s good news for those looking to build a sizable rendering workstation. Our ATX motherboard looks laughable in such a large interior, but should you be going for a dual-socket workstation motherboard, there’s still a great amount of space and housing two large air coolers, or even two AIO/custom loop configurations to manage them isn’t going to be a problem either.

The front and top panel configurations are incredibly practical for a wide range of users too, and we especially love the front panel door design as it allows you to access individual dust filters for each of the front panel fans, as well as a way to quickly remove and maintain the fans themselves without having to unscrew them from the chassis its self. If you’re running a workstation with the fans at higher RPM around the clock, you’re going to pick up a lot of dust, so being able to get your system clean as quickly and easily as possible means less downtime between workloads, and that’s certainly a welcome advantage. The main I/O on the top panel has six USB ports, so housing all the flash pens, peripherals and anything else you need shouldn’t be a problem either.

Given that similar high-end chassis such as the Cosmos II, 900D or PC-A76WX can often cost almost twice as much, the B2 is fantastic value for money for those looking for a no-nonsense large chassis with great build quality and all the practical features you could ask for.

Pros

  • Robust build quality
  • Durable matte rubber finish on front/top
  • Retractable top panel ventilation
  • High-quality fans pre-installed
  • Side panel window
  • Extensive cable routing support
  • Huge array of storage options
  • Competitive price (vs specification)
  • Excellent front panel door/filter/fan mounting design

Cons

  • It’s huge, so be sure you’re even got the floor space to house the B2 before ordering

“There’s not a component on the market that won’t fit in the Rosewill B2 Spirit. If you’re looking to build a high-end workstation or gaming system without compromise, but don’t want to overspend on the chassis, you’ll struggle to find anything this size or this quality for less.”

Rosewill B2 Spirit HPTX Full-Tower Chassis Review

Rosewill B2 Spirit HPTX Full-Tower Chassis Review

Thank you Rosewill for providing us with this sample.

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  1. Introduction
  2. Interior
  3. Complete System
  4. Final Thoughts
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